A winter walk at Brancaster Beach











Rich and I drove to the North Norfolk coast today. It was a beautiful day so we thought we’d make the most of it with a walk along the beach in Brancaster and a pub lunch. There are lots of great (and fancy) restaurants in this area but we picked the super low-key Jolly Sailors pub. They had the renowned Brancaster mussels on their menu, which I desperately wanted to try. I’m so glad I did; they were delicious. They’re in season until April so you still have a few months to go if you’d like to give them a try? After that, it’ll be time for lobsters and crabs! 

After our lunch, we went to the beach. I wanted to stay until sunset but it was way too cold. We did have a lovely walk for a while though and it was great seeing the kite surfers getting ready to go at sea. Walking along a beach - no matter what the weather is - might be one of my favourite things to do at the weekend. That and going out for brunch. Something for tomorrow?

Are any of my followers based in Norfolk? I’d love to hear where you like going at the weekend. 

{Lust List} Sophie Hulme Envelope cross-body bag

I haven’t posted anything on my Lust List for a while now, mostly because I kept on falling in love with new items every week or so and it’s not what I want my Lust List to be about. I don’t want to feature my “flash cravings” on here - I have Pinterest for that. I want this list to really be about the things I’ve been lusting over for a long time and that I believe are timeless enough to be worth the investment. 

For me, there is one bag in particular that really stands out despite its very simple and minimalistic look. It’s Sophie Hulme’s Envelope cross-body bag. It’s different from my usual go-to bags, which tend to be on the larger side. That’s because I’m carrying way too many things with me during the day from a lunch box (yes, I have a lunch box) to a laptop or a camera and a diary and this and that… It’s ridiculous. But when it comes to going on a dinner date, out on a girly night or even just out and about when I don’t need to go to the office and carry all my stuff, I realise I don’t currently have a bag that I’d deem suitable. 

I’ve been looking for a cross-body bag for a while now and I just keep going back to this one. Luckily for me, for once, it’s not totally out of reach budget-wise. So time to start saving (and maybe wait for the next sale)!

So what about you, do you have any bags you really like at the moment and that you’re seriously considering splurging on? 

{Apero Friday} Prawn ceviche-like glasses







I'm not going to lie, aperos can be a little fattening. All the charcuterie, the cheeses, the dips, the bread, the alcohol... These aren't things I'd recommend you to eat (or drink) on a too regular basis. But this month, I want to show you that aperos can also be healthy. I'm not talking 2 celery sticks, a spoon of hummus and a bottle of fruit-infused water though. No, that would just be plain boring. I'm talking colourful and delicious appetizers that look good and taste good.

So I'm kicking off the first apero of 2015 with a super simple recipe packed with things that won't damage your waistline. The inspiration came from this recipe by Gina Homolka of Skinny Taste. But as always, I made some small modifications based on personal preferences and what I had in my fridge. The recipe is inspired by the Peruvian dish “ceviche”. It usually consists in raw fish marinated in lime or lemon and some spices. I'm in no way an expert in this type of cooking but I liked the concept so here we go, this is my take on it!

I wanted to use small glasses (they're the size of shot glasses). We call them verrines in french and they're very popular at the moment. It's a great way to pack lots of flavours in just a few spoonfuls. Plus, they look pretty, don't they?

This is what you'll need for 4 glasses:
½ finely chopped red onion
1 small lime, squeezed
½ lemon, squeezed
olive oil
10 cooked prawns, peeled and deveined
1 small avocado, diced into chunks
6 plum tomatoes, diced
¼ cucumber, diced, not peeled
a small handful of shredded iceberg lettuce
1 tsp of chopped chives
2 tsp of chopped parsley
Flor de sal (corse sea salt)
Black pepper


Quantities can easily be doubled or tripled if you wanted to do this dish a main, for lunch for example. Make a big tub of it and take it to work with you the next day.

Here's what you have to do to make your verrines:
1/Start by combining in a small bowl your red onion, lime juice, lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil, pinch of your flor de sal and pepper. Mix well and let your ingredients marinate for 5-10 mins.
2/ Grab a large bowl and combine your prawns (keep some to put at the top of the verrines), avocado, tomato, cucumber, chives, parsley, another pinch of salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Gently toss.
3/ Add in your onions and juice mixture, which should now be ready. Toss again. Taste and see if you want to add more salt, pepper, maybe some fresh red chili?
4/ Take your verrines and put some of your shredded lettuce at the bottom. Top with a few spoonfuls of your vegetables and fish. Add your prawns at the top to decorate.

Voila!

I served my verrines with vegetable crisps (not that low cal but still better than regular crisps), a few plum tomatoes and a bottle of wine (you don't have to finish it). Stay away from cocktails, they're the worst, apart maybe from bloody marys but this wouldn't work with this dish anyway. If you do go for wine, this is a citrusy fishy appetiser so you'll want to go for a white wine.

Hope this helps! See you next Friday for another recipe and more tips on how to keep your aperos on the healthy side! 

Seal spotting at Horsey Beach















[First little adventure of 2015!] 

On a cold and icy morning, Rich and I got up early to drive to the beautiful Horsey beach on the Norfolk coast to see if we could spot some seals. There is a colony of Grey seals living there between end of November and early February. They come to the beach to give birth to their babies and hang about a little bit, as the fur of the newborns isn’t waterproof straight away so they can’t go in the water for very long. They just kind of bask in the sun and play on the beach for a few months until they’re ready to go. Not a bad life if you ask me.

We had never been to Horsey before so we didn’t know what to expect. I thought we’d only see the seals from far away but we were super lucky, as one of them decided to be adventurous and come a little closer! You can’t touch them of course but don’t they look super soft and adorable? 

If you’d like to see the seals too, head to Horsey this month while they’re ashore. There is a pay and display car park just by the coast (Horsey Gap). Postcode for sat-nav is NR29 4EF. 



A last look at 2014










Last day of 2014! Apart from one major low (when we got burgled shortly after my birthday), this year has been a good year for me. I’ve just spent a couple of hours looking back through my archives and I loved being reminded of all the places I’ve been to, the good times I’ve spent with family and friends, the opportunities I was given through the blog… I can’t complain! I always look forward to new years though so I’m super excited about 2015. Bring it on! 

Are you guys celebrating tonight? if so, have a wonderful time with your loved ones. See you all in 2015! 


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